Best Spots in Myanmar to Flex on Social Media
By Regina Sharpe
Who travels without taking at least one album’s worth of photos nowadays? Smartphones have made it much easier for starry-eyed travelers to document their lives in another country, be it a blow-by-blow account on Instagram stories or the occasional photo on Facebook.
Of course, you can take photos of yourself enjoying a nice bowl of tea leaf salad, but nothing beats the majestic landscapes listed here. So if you’re looking to get those likes on your next trip to Myanmar, make sure to not miss out on these awesome places.
Balloons, Glorious Balloons
With the grandeur of Bagan’s historical temples and stupas as well as a horizon that seems to stretch out into infinity, there’s no denying why this place will always be the number one spot for photography, bar none.
Get there by sunrise and you’ll even get to snap a photo of the throngs of hot air balloons in the sky. If you have about USD300-USD400 to spare, you could even take a ride in one yourself!
You’ve probably seen photographs of the U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura before, and it’s famous for a reason. Being the world’s longest teak bridge at 1.2 kilometres surely does lend to its impressive reputation.
If you like snapping photos of people, make sure to visit during sunrise or sunset when foot traffic is high (monks tend to make their commute during these times). If you prefer being the main model of your photo, the afternoon will be your best bet.
Calm surroundings, picturesque views, and the sight of Myanmar’s iconic leg-rowing fishermen make for splendid photographs. These idyllic luxuries turn Inle Lake – nestled in the Shan Hills – into a must-visit destination on your itinerary.
If capturing stills of life along the water is of interest to you, then perhaps a boat ride will be necessary. Don’t overlook the nearby stilt houses, floating gardens, and floating markets for your photo-ops as well. You can even put the camera down and explore other attractions such as the Jumping Cat Monastery and the Hpaung Daw U Pagoda.
World’s Oldest Buddhist Stupa
Built some 2,600 years ago, the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is as magnificent as it is historical. This massive structure stands so tall that you might find yourself hard-pressed to even take a photo of the entire pagoda.
What makes it great for photos is its gold-plated exterior and gem-encrusted tip, adding that much more splendour to this awe-inspiring site.
The Golden Rock
Some structures, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, seem almost impossible. And that’s the exact impression that the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in the Mon State will leave on you. Perched somewhat precariously atop Mount Kyaiktiyo at 1,100 metres above sea level, the Golden Rock will look good in photos from any angle.
What makes it even more impressive is the legend behind it – it’s believed that a strand of hair from Buddha himself is what’s keeping this rock from falling off the edge.
So there you have it! With these recommendations handy, you’ll have a tonne of photos to bring home from your trip to Myanmar.
Don’t let this list fool you though, as everything in Myanmar is picture-perfect if you actually take the time to savor what the country has to offer. Be it the array of street food found across the cities or the interesting public performances, getting that perfect Instagram photo is only limited by your imagination.